Memory is fallible. I read once that ‘old people’, read everyone, have very unreliable memories about weather in the past. I applied this test to myself, and though I am reluctant to admit it, my own memories of hot summers, the weather of my youth is completely unreliable.
Pho Vieng Chane Restaurant is located in a laneway between Pracha Samphan and Chang Klan Road (just down from Giorgio Italian Restaurant).
I ate here yesterday. Phennapha took me also before Xmas. This is an open fronted Vietnamese fast food restaurant, but with excellent food. I don’t think what I had was anything unusual. I wanted to chase down the deep fried leaf that Phennapha didn’t know the English for and I did on the second visit.
Phennapha a close friend cooked me an Akha meal, which I ate at her and her sister Phing Phing’s wonderful tribal textiles shop at the bottom of Anusarn Night Market in Chiang Mai, Northern Thailand. The shop is the third one in from the Charoen Prathet Road Gate. A couple of week’s later Phennapha invited my nephew Paul, his girlfriend Yui and I for another meal, while they were in Chiang Mai. Unfortunately, Yui was ill. So it was up to Paul and I to support the team, though we could make little dent in the mass of food.
Trip to Italy and Sicily, October to December 2012
Dubai was a surprise. I had expected Bob Marley and the Rastafarians’ Babylon with endless opportunity for cynical comment and mock horror. Although, I wouldn’t be surprised if it disappeared under the desert sands during or shortly after my lifetime.
Trip to Everest Region March/April 2013 with Teresa
We arrived in Nepal from Thailand around lunchtime. Netra met us at Tribhuvan International Airport. Although neither the International nor the domestic airport is anything to get excited over. Today was the Maha Shivaratri festival at Pashupatinath Temple. The night of Lord Shiva, celebrating the night that Shiva transformed into the Shiva Lingam. The festival is celebrated by Yogis, naked Yogis and Hindu pilgrims with smoking and partaking of marijuana, which is taken as Prasad —holy food blessed by the gods.